Whether you’re originally from Texas or you’re just moseying by for a vacay, Dallas is a great destination for a birthday bash. The city is home to a world-class aquarium, zoo and botanical gardens – not to mention hundreds of restaurants, bars and historical sites to celebrate your big day at. If you’re in The Big D for your birthday, consider spending time at one of these cool nearby attractions.
Live Like Royalty
Though they didn’t have titles or crowns, the Ewings were as close to royalty as a Texas family got. Relive the glory days of Dallas at Southfork Ranch, filming site of the long-running primetime series. Visitors can tour the Ewing Mansion and see show memorabilia like Lucy’s wedding dress and the gun that shot J.R. while learning about the show’s history from Southfork’s knowledgeable tour guides. The 300+ acre ranch is also available for private parties, with multiple outdoor venues and ballrooms for a big family bash. Every detail of your birthday party can be arranged by the staff, from decorations to entertainment. There’s also an in-house catering staff, with menu themes ranging from a laid-back picnic lunch to a Texas BBQ hoedown or a glamorous formal dinner.
Solve a Big Mystery
Are you good at puzzles? If you always guess who the villain is before the big reveal, test out your sleuthing skills at Keith & Margo’s Murder Mystery. Guests enjoy an hors d’oeuvres reception and 3-course dinner at the show, an interactive crime thriller that puts the audience right in the center of the action. Try to solve the mystery alongside the show’s hilarious homicide detective. Themes rotate depending on the season. For example, Keith & Margo’s December 2017 show puts a murderous twist on the Secret Santa holiday game. Visit the Murder Mystery Texas website for details and reservations.
Saddle Up for Fun
If you’re looking for a Texas-sized birthday experience, book a day on the trails at Southfork Ranch. In addition to touring the Ewing Mansion, you and your guests will score a two-hour riding lesson and an hour-long trail ride around the grounds hosted by our dedicated wranglers. The package also includes lunch and a credit at the RoundUp gift shop. Advanced reservations are required. View pricing and book online here.
Play Texas-Sized Games
Combine the old-school arcade games of your childhood with the finest Texas microbrews on tap and you have Barcadia, a classy downtown hangout with a vintage vibe. Grab a retro red vinyl chair and enjoy beer-battered mushrooms and a cold one, or head for the patio where guests can play Texas-sized versions of Jenga and Connect 4. Despite its all-ages appeal, Barcadia is best suited for the 21+ crowd. If you have little ones in tow, family-friendly fun can be found at Nickel Mania or NickelRama, two Dallas video arcades with 5-cent games. At NickelRama, guests can bring their own cake and party supplies to throw a birthday celebration for the kids.
No matter how you choose to spend your birthday, it’s bound to be amazing if you’re visiting the Big D (even better if you live here). For more information on visiting Southfork Ranch of Dallas fame, call 972-442-7800 or book a tour online.